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VTA Offers To Co-Fund $56K Bike-Lane Study For Santa Clara 49ers Stadium

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An aerial view of the construction of the new San Francisco 49ers stadium in Santa Clara, February 5, 2013. (CBS)

An aerial view of the construction of the new San Francisco 49ers stadium in Santa Clara, February 5, 2013. (CBS)

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SANTA CLARA (KCBS)— City officials in Santa Clara want fans at the new 49ers stadium to have as many ways to get to games a possible, including by bicycle.

Construction is underway on the stadium, designed to be accessible to both pedestrians and bicyclists with bike racks and lockers incorporated into the layout.

Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews said their plan for more bike lanes is also about the thousands of people who will come here to work. The Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) has offered to co-fund the bike-lane study.

“There’s a lot of focus on the potential 68,500 people coming into an event, but we’ve got over 100,000 people coming in everyday and a lot of those people are choosing to use the bike lanes and to connect to Caltrain, the Altamont Express and the light rail,” Matthews said.

Santa Clara City Engineer Rajeev Batra said they’re looking to minimize vehicle traffic as much as possible by looking into alternative modes of transportation.

The bike lane study should cost just over $56,000.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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